UTEP Shoots For 20th Win Of Year At Memphis Sunday
UTEP will take aim at its 20th win of the season when it plays at Memphis at 1 p.m. MST at the FedEx Forum Sunday. The game will be broadcast locally in El Paso on 1150 AM. The Tigers (15-11, 6-6 C-USA) won at Southern Miss Feb. 21. The Miners (19-6, 7-5 C-USA) beat Houston, 73-55, Feb. 21.
- Game wraps up a sequence of playing 3 of 4 & 4 of 6 on the road.
- Alone in 4th place in C-USA. Top-4 teams receive bye at tourney.
- 18+ wins for the 5th time in the past 7 seasons.
- Happened once (18-12, 1992-93) in 1st 32 years of program.
- Search of 2nd straight & 4th overall 20-win season.
- Posted a winning percentage of .500 or better at the halfway point in league play (5-3, now 7-5) for the 7th straight year.
- Achieved 3 times in 15 campaigns before streak started.
- 10th straight season with least six league victories.
- 4 such years out of 20 before Adams (no league for 7 years).
DEALING WITH ADVERSITY
- Projected starter Jenzel Nash tore her ACL in exh. game (11/3).
- Starting C Kristine Vitola tore her ACL 3rd game of year (11/18).
- Miners adjusted & rolled to 17-3 record, including 5-2 in C-USA.
- 6th player Saidah Zuberi Allen hurt her knee at Tulane (2/7).
- She led reserves in minutes (14.1), points (3.6) & boards (5.0).
- Zuberi Allen injury left 11 healthy players (10 scholarship).
- 2-3 since that point, with fatigue for several players a factor.
Player MPG Before MPG After Diff
Kelli Willingham* 31.4 37.4 +6.0
Kayla Thornton* 28.7 34.6 +5.9
Chrishauna Parker* 27.8 33.2 +5.4
Anete Steinberga* 27.1 34.8 +7.7
Irene Gari* 25.1 24.6 -0.5
Cameasha Turner 10.9 18.8 +7.9
(Turner in for Gari last game due to injury, who logged only 8 min.).
ACCOMPLISHMENTS, HONORS & MORE
- Best overall win% (67.2) of C-USA teams since joining in 2005-06.
- 162-79 overall record, including 19-6 this year, in timeframe.
- 3-0 on year vs. teams from power-league conferences.
- Most league wins & best win% of each team since 2005-06.
- 78-46 (62.9) including 7-5 on year, in C-USA only action.
- Tied for most years (4) with 10+ C-USA wins since 2005-06.
- Four C-USA weekly award recipients.
- Kristine Vitola (11/12), Kayla Thornton (12/17) & Anete Steinberga (1/14) were the player of the week while Irene Gari (12/10) was the freshman of the week.